According to the ASPCA, inappropriate elimination (aka the cat is peeing everywhere but the litter box!) is the most common behavior problem reported by cat parents.
In fact, it’s estimated that 10 percent of cats will start urinating outside the litter box at some point in their lives.
WHY your cat is urinating elsewhere is a whole ‘nother ball of yarn (read about the causes and solutions here), but the urgent question you want answered is: How do I get that cat pee smell out?!?
Whether cat pee smell is on your mattress, carpet, or (gulp), even your own clothes, you CAN win the fight against cat urine odor.
Did you know? Cat pee smell has a half-life of six years! (Courtesy of the uric acid component of cat urine.)
That’s why it’s vital to use a cat urine cleaner that can break down the uric acid in cat pee … rather than just masking it for a short while.
Oxyfresh Pet Deodorizer is the #1 way to fight cat urine odor because it breaks down the proteins in the cat urine, so no more stain AND no more cat urine odor!
How does it work? The Oxygene® in this non-toxic pet urine cleaner acts as an oxidizing agent. It breaks the molecular bond of stinky compounds and changes their enzymatic function. In non-techy terms, it makes the odors disappear, and it does this without producing or releasing harmful toxins.
Dos & Don’ts of Cat Urine Removal
- Do blot the soiled area right away to remove as much of the pet urine as possible.
- Don’t skimp on your cat urine cleaning spray. You want to soak the stain completely. Yes, soak! Cats have a strong sense of smell and getting all of the cat urine will reduce the odds of your cat peeing in the same spot again.
- Do loosely cover the area where you’ve just cleaned with an upside-down laundry basket to avoid the cat from visiting the spot (and to keep the humans in your household from getting their socks all wet).
- Don’t use a steam cleaner on the carpet after your cat has urinated on it. High heat can cause odors to set into the carpet’s fibers.
- Do let the cat urine stain air dry as much as you can. Air drying will help break down the uric acid salts and allow the gases to evaporate.
How to Get Cat Pee Out of Couch
Nothing can ruin a relaxing Netflix marathon quite like the smell of cat pee on the couch. But yes, it IS possible to get cat pee smell out of the couch!
- If weather permits, take the offending couch cushion outside to clean it.
- Blot up as much cat urine as you can.
- Soak the affected area with cat urine cleaner. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then blot up any excess cleaner with absorbent paper towels or rags.
- If it’s sunny out, leave the couch cushion outside to air dry.
Tip: If you need to use your couch in the days before the cushion is 100% dry, lay aluminum foil down on the empty area of the couch, get the cushion in place, put another layer of foil on top of the cushion, then throw a blanket down. When you’re done using the couch, remove the blanket but keep the aluminum foil in place to dissuade your cat from peeing on it while the cushion finishes drying.
How to Get Cat Pee Out of a Mattress
Follow steps 2 and 3 under “how to get cat pee out of couch.” Once you’re done blotting up the cat urine cleaner, place a few layers of clean towels over the area, then make the bed. Change out the clean towels each day until the stain has dried. To discourage the cat from urinating on the mattress during this process, cover the bed with a large plastic sheet, tarp or large cut-up cardboard box.
Remove Cat Pee Smell Safely!
Forget toxic cleaners that are harmful to your family members … fur or no fur! To safely get cat pee smell out, from carpets to clothes and anywhere else cat urine is a problem, use the brand groomers, veterinarians and pawesome cat parents like you choose: Oxyfresh Pet Deodorizer. This deodorizer is so safe and gentle, it can even be used directly on your pet.
Not just for cats! Oxyfresh Pet Deodorizer is great for removing bad doggie smells and can even neutralize skunk odors. Try it, love it, and make pet odors a thing of the past!
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